Newsletter May 2008
Here’s the latest news from our store and around town that we’ve managed to wheedle out of ol’ Ben Weaver.
We apologize for the delay in getting this issue out (it was scheduled for April). We had some peculiar hitches in our get-along (that is, server problems with the distribution of our various online newsletters). If you’re a subscriber to TAGSRWC’s other online newsletter, The eBullet, and didn’t receive the April issue, you can read it in our Newsletter Archives at https://www.tagsrwc.com/ebullet/archive/index.htm
We think we’ve got the newsletter distribution glitches nipped in the bud. (Maybe using bigger wires did the trick!)
**** Merchandise Update ****
Along with Visa and MasterCard, Weaver’s Dept. Store now is set up to accept DiscoverCard! Brace yourself…we’re flying head over heels into the 21st Century! Unfortunately, we don’t see the American Express Card in our future, so you can still leave that one at home for now.
* Goober’s Great
2008 Grab-Bag of Mayberry Stuff $60.00
Goober rummaged around in the
garage again while taking inventory earlier this year and he came up
with another Grab-Bag of interesting Mayberry items. All of
the items are no longer in production and are therefore now in the
category of “collectible.”
At a minimum, each Grab-Bag has the following items:
* 1 Officially Licensed T-Shirt with Barney Fife on
it (The shirt design included is our choice according to availability,
but you’ll need to specify in the Comments section of the online order
form whether you want Medium, Large, or 2XL. Size XL is not
available for this offer. The default choice if you don’t
indicate a size is Large.)
* 1 110-card Set of Series 3 “Andy Griffith Show” Trading Cards (note this Grab-Bag includes Series 3 cards for the first time)
* 1 Mayberry-related book with an original price of at least $10
* 1 “Andy Griffith Show” ornament
* 2 Different newspapers with coverage of major Mayberry events
* 1 Officially-licensed Mayberry license plate
* 1 Mayberry mouse pad
* 2 Vintage (that is, not 2008) Mayberry wall calendars (still in their original shrink wrap)
* 3 Different wooden Mayberry building fronts (Mrs. Mendelbright’s Boardinghouse, Mayberry Hotel, and All Souls Church)
* 3 Different Mayberry bumper stickers
* 1 Mayberry-related audio tape (still sealed)
* 5 Different Mayberry photos (8x10)
* 2 Pairs of 2 different Mayberry birthday balloons (a total of 4 balloons)
* Assorted Mayberry event and news publications and materials (fliers, newsletters, fans, magnets, buttons, etc.)
If the items were sold separately, their suggested retail prices would total over $120. But Goober is not the best at arithmetic and Ernest T. wasn’t around to help us count by stomping his feet, so our price is only $60 for the whole Grab-Bag. We have only a handful to offer with this configuration of items because most of the items are in extremely short supply. Get ‘em while you can.
All proceeds (not just the profits, but 100% of the $60 price) are going toward our annual support of the Surry Arts Council and its Mayberry Days festival in September in
* 2008 “Andy Griffith Show” Wall Calendar--Was $14.00; Now $10.00!
Now that we’re four months into this year, we’re knocking $4 off the price of this 2008 wall calendar. We expect this will be our only price reduction on this item because we don’t have very many left. And these TAGS wall calendars have a history of going up in price again as collectibles as the years pass.
This fifth straight year of a TAGS Wall Calendar celebrates that milestone with all color photos for 2008. Now, don’t panic. “All color” doesn’t mean photos only from the color seasons. Several photos are from the black-and-white era. The photos are in color only because they’re publicity stills. Some haven’t been published since the first set of trading cards in 1990.
DVD (widescreen version) featuring Andy Griffith On
This hit independent film of 2007
features Andy Griffith as Old Joe, a crusty diner owner. It
also stars Keri Russell.
There’s a lot of wholesome pie-making in this romantic comedy, but there are also some mature themes that give it a PG-13 rating. The suggested price is $30.00, but we’ve got it for just $22.00
* All New Box Set
of All Eight Seasons of “The Andy Griffith Show,” Plus the “Danny
Thomas” Pilot and Return to Mayberry
The suggested retail price for this Box Set of every episode
of “The Andy Griffith Show” (plus the “Danny Thomas” pilot
episode and the 1986 Return to Mayberry
movie) is over $240.00. The previous 8-season box-set release
(without the pilot and the movie and now also discontinued) carried a
suggested retail price of $320.00. We think our $192.00 price
is an exceptional value.
We also sell individual Complete Seasons on DVD at nice discounts.
* Complete First Season of “Matlock” on DVD $39.00
After years of anticipation, “Matlock” is finally available on DVD! The first season has 23 episodes plus the movie pilot on seven discs. “Matlock” always had great guest stars, and the first season certainly set the pace with Dick Van Dyke, Roddy McDowall, Billy Bob Thornton, Pipe Laurie, Desi Arnaz Jr., Norman Fell, Billy Zane, Jose Ferrer and lots of other familiar faces. The list price for this set is $50, but we’ve got it in stock now for just $39.00!
Board Game $30.00
This board game,
new in 2007, is a dream come true for “Barney Fife, Realtor” and anyone
who has ever wished to own a little piece of that paradise we know and
love as Mayberry!
If you love Monopoly and Mayberry or you know somebody who does, then you’ll really love Mayberry-opoly.
At just $30.00 per game, Mayberry-opoly is worth the price just to have the cool design of the box and the board to look at or display. We think it’s the most fun opoly game ever created.
Ghost by Mitch Jayne $15.00
Darling boy Mitch Jayne’s fascinating 2007 novel, Fiddler’s Ghost, is getting fantastic reviews. It’s absorbing reading for anybody who loves a good ghost story, music, skillful writing, or just plain great storytelling from a true master. Few people have as much of a command and appreciation of language (especially the Ozark variety) as Mitch. We don’t want to give away the plot, but we will say that it’s a charming, entertaining and engrossing tale. Mitch also has a new Web page (mostly info about his books so far):
Barney Fife's Guide to Life Love and Self-Defense $15.00
This fun 1993 book (hardback, 166 pages) by brothers Len and John Oszustowicz imagines worldly advice coming from the mind of Barney Fife. Nuff said.
The popular book has been out of print for over 10 years and is now a sought-after collectible. We have a few copies from the First Printing that are still in brand new condition. And best of all, we're offering the book for just a couple of dollars more than the cover price (and less than the annual inflation rate has been.) Get 'em while you can before we change our minds about the price.
And we also have several other classic, out-of-print Mayberry books, including Inside Mayberry, Mayberry My Hometown and The Official Andy Griffith Show Scrapbook.
* Complete Third Season of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” on DVD $32.00 https://www.weaversdepartmentstore.com/index.php?category=91
The Complete Third Season of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (the first season featuring Elizabeth MacRae as Lou Ann Poovie) is now available at Weaver’s, along with the First and Second Seasons.
* The Complete Fourth Season of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” https://www.weaversdepartmentstore.com/index.php?category=91 is coming out on May 20. We’re taking pre-orders now. The list price is $39.00, but we’ve got it for just $32.00.
* Hallmark has a Mayberry greeting card with sound that’s available in selected stores. We won’t spoil potential surprises by telling what it is, but if Opie is shopping for a card, he might want to consider this one.
**** Floyd’s Barbershop Bulletin Board & Event Calendar ****
* June 15: LeRoy and
Jan McNees lead the chapel service for
the 33rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in
* June 21: David
Browning shines at the
* June 25-29:
Ronnie Schell performs at
Pechanga Resort & Casino in
* June 28 & 29: James Best appears at DukesFest at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. David Browning will be on hand for crowd un-control on the 28th as well. Visit http://www.dukesfest.com for more info.
* July 5: Doug and Rodney Dillard
and their band perform at the 22nd Annual Sally
Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival in
* July 9: Jim Nabors is in concert at the American Music Theatre in
* July 11-13: LeRoy
at the Ernest T. Bass-approved Athy Bluegrass Festival in
* July 12: 8th Annual Mayberry Squad Car
Nationals in conjunction with the 4th Annual Mayberry Comes to
Graysville festival in
* July 18 and 19: Don Knotts Birthday Celebration
* July 25: David Browning slides into
* July 26: David “Mayberry Deputy”
Browning is on the path for fun (and how!) for the
* July 30: Everyone hopes his socks aren’t
too porous and the tightly-knit crowd doesn’t unravel when David
Browning tells yarns at the
* Aug. 1: David Browning’s back to rock
the stadium at the
* Aug. 2: David Browning is a sight to see at the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists game.
* Aug. 5: David Browning is on patrol for
National Night Out in
* Aug. 9: Doug
and Rodney Dillard and their band and their TV
Peterson Mancuso perform at the Second
Annual Mayberry in Troy, a fundraiser for
the Montgomery County DARE program in
* Aug. 21-23: David Browning makes the
circuit, first for Food City Family Race Night on Thurs. and then for
the NASCAR scene on Fri. and Sat. at the
* Aug. 30: David Browning makes the rounds
on the diamond for the Mississippi Braves game in
* Sept. 16-21: Ronnie Schell headlines in the Comedy Improv Room at Harrah's in Las Vegs, N.V.
* Sept. 25-28: 19th Annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, N.C. Stars confirmed so far include Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Betty Lynn, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, James Best, Jackie Joseph, Elizabeth MacRae, LeRoy McNees and George Spence. For more info, visit: http://www.surryarts.org.
* Nov. 1-6: A
Cruise to Mayberry (click here for more info and photos of
past cruises) to the
**** News of Cast & Crew ****
There was a nice
big story about Andy Griffith in the February 17
Andy also was featured in a political ad for Bev
Perdue, a Democratic candidate for governor in
No release date has been announced yet for Play the Game, the movie Andy filmed last fall. The film also features Rance Howard and Clint Howard.
Ron Howard is currently in post-production for the film version of Frost/Nixon, based on the hit play about David Frost’s interviews with Richard Nixon after he resigned.
The film’s release has recently been rescheduled for Dec. 5. And Ron is still in pre-production as director for Angels & Demons, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code that stars Tom Hanks. The release date for that film, originally set for release this Christmas, has been pushed back until May 2009 because of the writers strike.
|ABOUT FACE--George Lindsey mugs for the camera with Billy Bob Thornton during George’s film festival at the University of North Alabama. Photo courtesy of UNA.|
|Maggie Peterson Mancuso joined Darling brothers Dean Webb (left) and Mitch Jayne for the induction of the Darlings into the Missouri Walk of Fame during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield on April 25. (Doug Dillard and Rodney Dillard were unable to attend the presentation.) Maggie and Dean were featured speakers for a luncheon, and Mitch gave a talk and did a book-signing the next day.|
George Lindsey appeared in an American TV Icon segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel that aired in March.
The video clip of that interview is not yet up on O’Reilly’s Web site, but here’s a link that does have the interview: O'Reilly Factor George Lindsey Fox News. This version has a few annoying advertising graphics with it, but as Goober once said, it’s “better than nothin’.”
And the 11th Annual George
Lindsey/UNA Film Festival was another huge success that same weekend as
the O’Reilly interview. The
library at the
And this year’s special guest was Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. He was joined by Lucas Black and Natalie Canerday for a Sling Blade cast reunion that drew overflow crowds.
Mayberry maestro Earle Hagen is back home and doing well after a short hospital stay to get some heart matters squared away.
Maggie Peterson Mancuso
is also recovering well from recent knee surgery…on both knees! (We bet she’ll be carrying
buckeyes in her pockets from now on!)
She’s already back performing, including some Vega dates
with a group called the Cat Pack.
She and husband Gus also did a show in her hometown of
recently returned from a missionary trip to
Barbara Perry (Floss and other characters around Mayberry) checked in with us to say she has been doing fine and enjoys staying in touch with Mayberry news. Her most recent film role was as “Old Woman” in a swimming pool scene in Mr. Woodcock, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon and Amy Poehler.
We’re sad to report that actor Jim Begg, who played different characters in four episodes
of TAGS, died on February. 15. He
was 69. He was born
His live-action acting work consisted mostly of
small parts in an interesting variety of films.
His four appearances on TAGS were as movie character
George in “
Jim appeared in two episodes of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and one episode of “Mayberry R.F.D.” He was also in The Village of the Giants, Grand Theft Auto and an episode of “Happy Days” with Ron Howard. And he was in the Don Knotts features The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Love God? and in The Cat from Outer Space with Ken Berry and Ronnie Schell. He also provided the voice of Scoots in “Cattanooga Cats.”
Private services were held for Jim Begg in Sherman Oaks and he was buried at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund or Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
**** Update on Mayberry’s Finest Line of Packaged Foods ****
The full line of canned goods and baking mixes is now available in hundreds of stores and also online (with the additional offering of mail-order gift baskets) at the Mayberry’s Finest Web site at www.mayberrysfinest.com. The Web site has an up-to-date list of stores and precise locations (organized by state) in its Foley’s Market section.
Keep an eye out for Mayberry’s Finest at your favorite store. If you don’t find the products in the store where you shop, ask the store manager if the store can stock the items for you and others.
On the Mayberry’s Finest site, you can also listen to their catchy jingle by the 2006 and 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, The Grascals, who are the official spokes-group for Mayberry’s Finest.
And here’s another tidbit about Mayberry’s Finest…they have a page on MySpace at www.myspace.com/mayberrysfinestfoods. If you’re a MySpacer, drop by and tell ‘em hey.
Important Update: The Mayberry’s Finest Recipe Contest has been suspended and postponed until a later time. It’s sort of like the time Aunt Bee was called out of town to take care of Maude, Cousin Edgar’s wife, when she came down with the bursitis. The folks at Mayberry’s Finest want to make sure that Aunt Bee’s back in Mayberry and has everything in apple-pie order at home before proceeding with this nationwide contest.
And besides, if Mayberry’s Finest had completed the contest as quickly as originally projected, then whooosh, it would be over too fast, especially for Mayberry, where folks like things to be slower.
We’ll have an update about when the contest resumes in a future issue. When the contest does restart, there will be plenty of time for everybody to be notified and get their entries in. And anybody who has already entered the contest need not worry. Your entry will still be valid when the contest resumes. You’ll be receiving details about what’s going on with the contest directly from Mayberry’s Finest.
Meanwhile, use this extra time in the kitchen to perfect those recipes made using Mayberry’s Finest!
**** POST NOTE ****
Between issues of the Weaver's Newsletter,
keep up with the goings-on in Mayberry with the more-or-less daily
"Who's Been Messin' Up the Bulletin Board?" Digest. It's a
free subscriber list that consists entirely of comments, news flashes,
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TAGSRWC also publishes The eBullet in more or less alternate months to the Weaver's Newsletter. The eBullet is the online successor to our longtime printed newsletter, The Bullet. Like the Weaver's Newsletter, The eBullet is free. It includes some of the same news as the Weaver's Newsletter, but with more features and depth and a little less emphasis on merchandise news. To sign up, go to https://www.tagsrwc.com/ebullet/joinebullet.htm.
TAGSRWC's other main vehicle for Mayberry information is simply our Web site at http://www.tagsrwc.com. It has extensive content and links for just about everything a Mayberry fan might be looking for.
The next issue of Weaver's Newsletter is scheduled for June (with an eBullet coming out later this month).
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